Deutsche Telekom's fiber optic network hits 512Gbps in real-world test

Europe seems to be getting all the fiber love lately, as researchers at Deutsche Telekom hit transmission speeds of 512Gbps on a single fiber optic channel this week, with usable speeds up to 400Gbps. To put this context, that’s about 77 CDs of music being transferred at once. What’s even more impressive, it was accomplished under real-world conditions, sending the transmission 734km from Berlin to Hanover and back again alongside channels carrying the company’s standard 10Gbps signals. Once built out, this new technology could operate on all channels of a given fiber. For Deutsche Telekom’s 48-channel optical fibers, that means a theoretical throughput of 24.6Tbits on a cable thinner than a human hair.

» via The Verge